Originally Posted by ccriders
What I was trying to say is that COLREGs requires evasive action by all parties when collision is imminent. If the ferry could maneuver and did not the sailor should have been aware of the situation and taken action if only for his own good. How close would you let a fast moving vessel get to you before deciding to get out of dodge? If you are disabled then you need to display the proper signs. If you are slow moving then you need a larger danger zone.
They do and you are right.
In this case the Elderly Gent. Was inside the wheel house of his boat.
Yes he should have looked behind. especially in a narrow channel frequented by ferries. For whatever reason he was preoccupied and looking ahead.
The collision happened only about 5 minutes after the ferry left the dock.
I have certainly had something sneak up behind me in my open cockpit
He was vilified as a fool early on. Not quite fair. He is not innocent but it is understandable and a reminder for us all.
Remember to shoulder check, and check your mirrors.